What is Water Hygiene Monitoring?
Having a water hygiene assessment is a legal requirement for all premises with water, where there is the potential to create a spray or aerosol plus where there is potential for the water to exceed 20°C.
The requirement to carry out a risk assessment is explained in section 6 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and section 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an approved code of practice ACOP L8, in order to give clear guidance and instruction on how to comply with the regulations. This details all the specific tasks, checks and policies/procedures that need to be in place for organisations to comply fully with the legislation.
A water hygiene assessment carried out by Ignite Facilities will detail all the relevant assets, plant and systems on-site that have the potential to create a risk regarding growth and dissemination of Legionella bacteria.
A condition survey of all relevant plant/assets will summarise those remedial actions needed to reduce the risk to a manageable level.
Additionally, Ignite Facilities will audit all the current activities on-site with regards to Legionella control, as per ACOP L8, and put together a comprehensive management plan/water hygiene logbook system which includes detailed policies and procedures plus method statements in order to make sure your site is fully compliant with all guidance and legislation.
The Benefits of Water Hygiene Monitoring
A water hygiene assessment carried out by Ignite Facilities provides a number of benefits, such as –
Compliance with Relevant Legislation, specifically HSWA (1974), COSHH (2002) and MHSWR 1999.
Prevent Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease – Legionnaires’ disease can be fatal, and if negligence is proven, a prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a possibility.
Reputation Protection – After recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks, the control of Legionella bacteria on sites is scrutinised closely by the HSE and the Local Authority.
These agencies have the power to issue Improvement Notices and Prohibition Notices. Following all the guidelines outlined in an Ignite Facilities risk assessment ensures that audits by the HSE and Local Authority go smoothly. This will also prevent you from having a Prohibition or Improvement Notice being served.